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Becoming Billie Holiday

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Becoming Billie Holiday

By  Carole Boston Weatherford , Illustrated By  Floyd Cooper
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The stunning voice and hard life of legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday is revealed through evocative, accessible poetry.
 
In 1915, Sadie Fagan gave birth to a daughter she named Eleanora. The world, however, would know her as Billie Holiday, possibly the greatest jazz singer of all time. Eleanora's journey to become a legend took her through pain, poverty, and run-ins with the law. By the time she was fifteen, she knew she possessed something that could possibly change her life--a voice. Eleanora could sing. Her remarkable voice led her to a place in the spotlight with some of the era's hottest big bands. Through a sequence of raw and poignant poems, New York Times best-selling and award-winning poet Carole Boston Weatherford chronicles the singer's young life, her fight for survival, and the dream she pursued with passion.

Carole Boston Weatherford is an award-winning poet and author of over two dozen books for young readers. She lives in High Point, North Carolina.

Floyd Cooper has illustrated more than sixty books for children and young adults including Miss Crandall's School for Young Ladies & Little Mises of Color by Elizabeth Alexander and Marilyn Nelson and Tough Boy Sonatas by Curtis L. Crisler. He lives in Easton, Pennsylvania.

ISBN: 9781635925579

ISBN-10: 9781635925579

Publisher: Wordsong

Publication Date: 01/11/2022 - 12:00am

On Sale: 01/11/2022 - 12:00am

Pages: 120

Language: English

Categories

Juvenile Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / Music

Juvenile Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / Cultural, Ethnic & Regional

Juvenile Nonfiction / Poetry